Over the past month, I gave my entire wardrobe a makeover by selling a total of close to 30 full bottles. The funds I raised have now all been used. Here's what I got: PART 1: An Arabian Scent Ensemble for Personal Indulgence
First off, out of coincidence (or fate), I was able to give a BN veteran's pure oud oil collection a new home half way across the world. (Thanks Eric!)
A bit out of place in front of the PG Private Collection bottles, but since the taking of this photo, I've been arranging a shelf that is dedicated fully to Arabian / Eastern oils, attars, oudhs, and mukhallats. Sorry, if I am sounding too self-indulgent, but I'm actually quite excited. I am going to order an oud burner, some cheap agar wood chips, and will make a display that will surely impress visitors while remaining functional. [Oriscent]
1. Blue Brunei - Sweet, fruity, floral oud distilled exclusively from Brunei agarwood.
2. Malay Royale - A potent camphoraceous oud that is deep and slightly sweet.
3. Chinese Exclusive - Pungent. Very pungent.
4. Purple Papua - Typical Merauke with added depth. A metallic mineral mud cloth vibe oud.
5. Archipelago - Sweet and ethereal Indonesian oud mix.
6. Black Assam - A Hindi oud that is dark in both color and scent.[Oudimentary]
1. KSSS - A popular Cambodi oud that is deep, sweet, figgy, and woody.
2. Super Assam - Floral, woody, slightly barn-yard.[UNS]
1. Irian Jaya Select - Slightly sweet and woody safe oud.
2. Merauke - A mud cloth Merauke oud that is sweeter than Oriscent's Purple Papua.[Oud Line]
1. Malinau - Sweet and Potent Indoniesian oud.
2. Crassna - Cambodi oud that is sweet and plummy with lots of depth and woodiness.
1. Assam Flora - The awesome bottle in the middle!
1. Enfleurage - Laotian barnyard and woody.[Agarscents]
1. Agarscents Malaysian Brown
2. Kupang Steamed[Arabian Oud]
1. Arabian Oud Cambodi Muattak
For company, I also got some attars from Amouage:Homage
(30ml) and Bahjah
plus Al Andalus
I was planning to get Al Mas
, and Tribute
as well -- but I will be out of money for a while.
Arriving later will be ASAQ's Khaltat Makkah, As Shammeya, and hopefully some Khaltat Qurashi or Sheikh Zuheer. Can I afford Kalakassi / Thaqeel? Nope!
PART 2: Western Things
Serge Lutens Fourreau Noir
Serge Lutens Iris Silver Mist
Serge Lutens Tubereuse Criminelle
Serge Lutens Borneo 1834
Serge Lutens Santal Blanc
Tom Ford Noir de Noir (which is now shared with my girlfriend)
and last but not least...
5 bottles of Bombay Sapphire Infusion
! (at 12$ a bottle shipped, why not?)
I am a big fan of Bombay Sapphire, so my opinion WILL be quite biased.
Made by Geza Schoen, the dude who created most of the Clive Christian scents that also decided to bottle and sell diluted ISO E Super for uninformed or lazy customers, Infusion feels like the essence of Bombay Sapphire. It smells very natural for what it costs. I love how the juniper berry, lemon 'tonic' accord, pale almonds, and light spices work together to conjure the gin. Subpar longevity, but overall a very admirable scent and worth a try!